Arrest in 2004 college student murder


Kenneth York, a 25-year-old Walnut Creek resident, was arrested in Reno, Nev. on Sept. 29 in connection with an unrelated incident.

At the time of his arrest, agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives discovered that York had an outstanding warrant for the murder of 25-year-old Michael Fidler.

Fidler, who was originally from Fort Bragg, was killed May 10, 2004 as he tried to wrestle a gun from an intruder, police said.

At the time of the shooting, police reported that two men, later identified as York and 28-year-old Pacheco resident Tyson Moorehead, allegedly entered the apartment at 141 Golf Club Road that Fidler shared with his roommate and demanded marijuana.

Fidler was shot in the back and the side as he struggled with one of the intruders.

The two men then fled the apartment without taking anything, police said at the time.

Fidler's roommate was not hurt in the attack, police said.

When police searched the apartment, they allegedly found what they characterized as a substantial amount of marijuana in Fidler's bedroom.

In May, 2007 police developed new investigative leads in the case and identified York and Moorehead as the suspects.

After his arrest in September, York was extradited to Contra Costa County, where he is being held without bail in county jail, according to jail records.

The Contra Costa County District Attorney's office filed murder, robbery and burglary charges against him.

He is scheduled to be in court in November to set a date for a preliminary hearing, according to the district attorney's office.

Police are still looking for Moorehead.

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